From Anatolia to Appalachia

In response to the post card collecting craze Early Post Card Views of Georgia

Bringing together over six hundred images taken between 1900 and 1920---the golden age of post card collecting in the United States----From Abbeville to Zebulon opens a window on another world. From a bird’s-eye view of Vidalia to a panorama of Valdosta, from residential street in Dublin to the county jail in Cairo, from “Atlanta’s Busiest Corner” to “Depot Street, looking North” in Abbeville, this collection of early post cards is an unparalleled record of life as it was lived in the cities, towns, and rural communities of the state in the early years of the century.

that swept the world from the late 1890s through World war I, post card manufacturers captured subjects and scenes that had never before been photographed. Many of the cards represent the only surviving visual record of churches, schools, homes, business establishments, and public buildings long ago destroyed by fire or razed in the name of progress. Family outings, veterans’’ reunions, baptisms, market days on the town square are all carefully preserved in the pages of this album. Where else would one find a photograph of seventeen friends gathered for Ruth Glasier’s house party at Flat Shoals on August 8, 1908? Or get a look at mule-drawn streetcar plying the dirt streets of Covington Oxford and Washington? Or see a picture of a lazy scene in Adel in 1910 with a pig walking down the main street?

Drawing on post cards from nearly every Georgia county, the album is a panoramic view of a state still overwhelmingly rural  and agricultural but---in its factories and mills, its growing commerce and trade---beginning to discern the outlines of Henry Grady’s New South. An unexpected and invaluable source of historical information, From Abbeville to Zebulon documents, commemorates, and celebrates not only Georgia but the early twentieth-century South.